The King in Love

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The King in Love
The King In Love (왕은 사랑한다).jpg
Promotional Poster
Hangul왕은 사랑한다
Revised RomanizationWangeun Saranghanda
LiterallyThe King Loves
Genre
Based onThe King Loves
by Kim Yi-ryung[1]
Developed byLim Hwa-min
Written bySong Ji-na[2]
Park Chan-kyung
No Sun-jae
Directed byKim Sang-hyeop[3]
Starring
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes40
Production
Executive producer(s)Cho Eun-young[4]
Producer(s)
  • Jang Jae-hoon
  • Kim Sang-woo
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time35 minutes
Production company(s)U-Story9[a]
DistributorMBC
Release
Original networkMBC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseJuly 17 (2017-07-17) –
September 19, 2017 (2017-09-19)
External links
Website
Production website

The King in Love[7] (Hangul왕은 사랑한다; RRWangeun Saranghanda; lit. The King Loves) is a South Korean historical drama directed by Kim Sang-hyeop with screenplay by Song Ji-na, Park Chan-kyung and No Sun-jae, based on the novel of the same name by Kim Yi-ryung. It stars Im Si-wan, Im Yoon-ah and Hong Jong-hyun. The pre-produced drama aired on MBC from July 17, 2017 to September 19, 2017 on Mondays and Tuesdays.[8][9]

Synopsis[edit]

Set in the Goryeo dynasty, it tells the story of a young and ambitious monarch Won (Im Si-wan) with a desire to conquer, and two people who shape his destiny; childhood friend Wang Rin (Hong Jong-hyun) and a beautiful young woman named San (Im Yoon-ah). These three get to know each other and become the closest of friends but feelings of affection and love arise between these three. The young Crown Prince, falls in love with the young woman San and would do anything to save her. He comes to love her more than himself. But on the other hand, is his childhood friend Wang Rin who also fell in love with San at first sight. Even though he loves her so much, he still hid his affection for her because of his duty to his Crown Prince and because he doesn't want to hurt his best friend's feelings. But the time came when San realizes her feelings for Rin and vice versa.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

The crown prince of Goryeo; Korea’s first royalty of mixed heritage; grandson of Kublai Khan.
The strong-willed daughter of a wealthy nobleman, who possesses striking beauty and deadly charm. She hides her identity in order to survive. She started to return Wang Rin's feelings
Won's childhood friend and bodyguard; an elegant and refined man with an upright nature. He started to fall in love with Eun San.

Supporting[edit]

Royal Family[edit]

Wang Won's side[edit]

  • Kim Jeong-wook as Eunuch Kim, Wang Won's attending eunuch
  • Bang Jae-ho as Jin-kwan, Wang Won's bodyguard[13]
  • Ki Do-hoon as Jang-ui, Wang Won's bodyguard

Wang Rin's side[edit]

Eun San's side[edit]

  • Lee Ki-young as Eun Young-baek, Eun San's father
  • Um Hyo-sup as Lee Seung-hyu, Eun San's teacher
  • Park Ji-hyun as Bi-yeon, Eun San's personal maid[15]
    • Song Soo-hyun as young Bi-yeon
  • Kim Jung-hak as Goo Hyung

Song In's side[edit]

  • Choi Jong-hwan as Song Bang-young, Song In's cousin
  • Choo Soo-hyun as Moo Bi, masquerades as kisaeng "Ok Boo-yong"
  • Park Young-woon as Moo Suk, the man with the snake tattoo

Others[edit]

  • Ahn Se-ha as Gae-won
  • Kim Kyung-jin as Yum Bok
  • Moon Jeong-soo as Dol-bae
  • Jeon Heon-tae
  • Yeom Jae-wook
  • Kim Hwa-Yeon
  • Lee Han-wi
  • Yeom Jae-wook
  • Jeong Ji-hoon
  • Kim Ki-tak
  • Park Hye-jin[16]

Production[edit]

Original soundtrack[edit]

The King in Love
OST Album
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
Released2017
GenreSoundtrack
LanguageKorean
LabelU-Story9, CJ E&M Music

Part 1[edit]

Released on July 18, 2017 (2017-07-18)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Starlight"December 32ndTaebongRoy Kim03:27
2."Starlight" (Inst.) Taebong 03:27
Total length:06:54

Part 2[edit]

Released on July 25, 2017 (2017-07-25)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."But"
  • Sim Eun-ji
  • LEL
  • Sim Eun-ji
  • LEL
Lee Hae-ri (Davichi)04:15
2."But" (Inst.) 
  • Sim Eun-ji
  • LEL
 04:15
Total length:08:30

Part 3[edit]

Released on August 1, 2017 (2017-08-01)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Do You Know"Kim Yeon-ji04:15
2."Do You Know" (Inst.) 04:15
Total length:08:30

Part 4[edit]

Released on August 8, 2017 (2017-08-08)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."My Heart"Im Si-wan04:11
2."My Heart" (Inst.) 04:11
Total length:08:22

Part 5[edit]

Released on August 15, 2017 (2017-08-15)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Could You Tell Me"Luna (f(x))04:01
2."Could You Tell Me" (Inst.) 04:01
Total length:08:02

Part 6[edit]

Released on August 22, 2017 (2017-08-22)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Stay"Jung Joon-young04:14
2."Stay" (Inst.) 04:14
Total length:08:28

Part 7[edit]

Released on August 22, 2017 (2017-08-22)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Hidden Time"SE O (세오)03:51
2."Hidden Time" (Inst.) 03:51
Total length:07:42

Part 8[edit]

Released on September 5, 2017 (2017-09-05)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."I Miss You"Oliver4:43
2."I Miss You" (Inst.) 4:43
Total length:9:26

Ratings[edit]

  • In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • NR denotes that the drama did not rank in the top 20 daily programs on that date.
Ep. Broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS AGB Nielsen[25]
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
1 July 17, 2017 8.0% (18th) 8.0% (16th) 7.8% (20th) 9.0% (10th)
2 8.6% (16th) 9.3% (10th) 8.1% (18th) 9.1% (9th)
3 July 18, 2017 6.0% (NR) 6.4% (NR) 6.1% (NR) 6.5% (NR)
4 6.5% (20th) 6.8% (NR) 6.4% (NR) 6.6% (NR)
5 July 24, 2017 6.9% (NR) 7.6% (NR) 7.2% (NR) 7.9% (18th)
6 7.0% (NR) 7.2% (NR) 7.0% (NR) 7.3% (18th)
7 July 25, 2017 7.1% (NR) 7.4% (19th) 7.0% (19th) 7.5% (13th)
8 7.6% (17th) 8.0% (16th) 7.2% (17th) 7.6% (12th)
9 July 31, 2017 6.5% (NR) 6.7% (NR) 6.9% (NR) 7.1% (NR)
10 7.3% (18th) 7.8% (NR) 7.8% (12th) 8.3% (11th)
11 August 1, 2017 6.5% (20th) 6.7% (NR) 7.1% (20th) 7.6% (19th)
12 6.7% (19th) 6.9% (20th) 6.9% (17th) 7.1% (16th)
13 August 7, 2017 6.6% (NR) 6.7% (20th) 6.6% (NR) 6.7% (NR)
14 7.0% (19th) 7.6% (NR) 6.3% (NR) 6.9% (17th)
15 August 8, 2017 7.0% (18th) 7.2% (19th) 7.2% (20th) 7.4% (18th)
16 7.5% (17th) 7.8% (15th) 7.2% (15th) 7.5% (13th)
17 August 14, 2017 7.0% (NR) 7.8% (13th) 6.5% (NR) 7.4% (15th)
18 7.0% (19th) 7.9% (13th) 6.6% (NR) 7.6% (15th)
19 August 15, 2017 6.6% (NR) 7.4% (20th) 6.5% (NR) 7.3% (19th)
20 6.5% (NR) 7.6% (13th) 7.4% (17th) 7.5% (19th)
21 August 21, 2017 7.1% (19th) 7.3% (13th) 6.5% (NR) 7.4% (15th)
22 7.1% (17th) 7.8% (11th) 7.0% (20th) 7.4% (16th)
23 August 22, 2017 7.5% (18th) 7.6% (17th) 7.2% (16th) 7.3% (15th)
24 8.1% (17th) 8.2% (11th) 7.7% (12th) 8.6% (10th)
25 August 28, 2017 7.4% (18th) 7.8% (15th) 7.4% (17th) 7.6% (20th)
26 7.3% (17th) 7.4% (NR) 7.4% (18th) 7.8% (20th)
27 August 29, 2017 8.3% (18th) 9.0% (10th) 7.9% (18th) 7.9% (17th)
28 8.4% (15th) 7.9% (18th) 8.1% (14th) 8.2% (12th)
29 September 4, 2017 7.3% (18th) 8.0% (14th) 6.7% (NR) 7.4% (20th)
30 6.6% (NR) 7.3% (18th) 7.0% (20th) 7.7% (15th)
31 September 5, 2017 7.5% (15th) 8.0% (13th) 7.6% (14th) 8.8% (12th)
32 7.3% (18th) 8.8% (14th) 8.6% (17th) 8.7% (14th)
33 September 11, 2017 5.6% (NR) 6.5% (NR) 5.8% (NR) 6.8% (NR)
34 6.3% (NR) 6.7% (NR) 6.4% (NR) 7.0% (NR)
35 September 12, 2017 6.6% (18th) 5.9% (19th) 6.6% (15th) 7.0% (15th)
36 6.2% (NR) 5.8% (20th) 7.2% (12th) 7.4% (14th)
37 September 18, 2017 6.1% (NR) 6.9% (NR) 5.8% (NR) 6.6% (NR)
38 6.2% (NR) 6.3% (NR) 6.8% (NR) 6.9% (19th)
39 September 19, 2017 7.3% (18th) 6.9% (16th) 7.2% (16th) 7.4% (14th)
40 7.6% (17th) 7.3% (14th) 7.6% (14th) 7.7% (12th)
Average 6.6% % 6.6% %

International broadcast[edit]

  • The drama streamed internationally on Viki with English subtitles.[26]
  • The drama has been pre-sold to 6 exclusive countries including China, Taiwan (by Fox Networks Group), Japan (by Shochiku Broadcasting),[27] Thailand, Indonesia, America, and Australia.[28]
  • In Southeast Asia, it premiered exclusively on One TV Asia and Oh!K Asia the same time as its Korean broadcast.[29]
  • In the Philippines, the series aired on ABS-CBN from January 22 to March 2, 2018, dubbed in Filipino under the title of The King is in Love.[30][31] and re-aired on Asianovela Channel starting September 3, 2018.
  • In India, Dubbed With Hindi on Sony TV, Dubbed With Tamil On Zee Tamil.
  • In Lithuania, the series premiered on TV1 and aired from October 28, 2018 to January 5, 2019.[32][33]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2017 10th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Im Yoon-ah Nominated [34]
2nd Asia Artist Awards Best Artist Award, Actress Won [35]
MBC Drama Awards Popularity Award, Actress Nominated
Drama of the Year The King in Love Nominated
Golden Acting Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Jeong Bo-seok Won
Best Young Actor Nam Da-reum Won
Yoon Chan-young Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Drama Im Si-wan Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Drama Im Yoon-ah Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Drama Hong Jong-hyun Nominated
Oh Min-suk Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Drama Jang Young-nam Nominated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Also referred to as U-Story 9 International[5][6]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ 19, R. Jun June; 2017 (19 June 2017). ""The King Loves" Revealed To Be Written By Song Ji Na, The Writer Of "Healer"". soompi.com. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  3. ^ a b "[단독] 임시완X윤아X홍종현 '왕사', '화려한 유혹' PD 연출" [Im Siwan x Yoona x Hong Jonghyun 'The King Loves' working together with Glamorous Temptation PD]. OSEN (in Korean). 13 December 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  4. ^ "왕은 사랑한다 제작사 ㈜유스토리나인 조은영 대표이사 (PHOTO: Cho Eun-young, CEO of The King in Love producer U-Story9)". theleader.mt.co.kr. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
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  6. ^ https://welcon.kocca.kr/biz2/welcon/seller/view.do?no=718
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  8. ^ "'The King Loves' delves into destructive desire of Goryeo King". The Korea Herald.
  9. ^ "'The King Loves': Coming-of-age show on Goryeo's forgotten mix-blooded king". Yonhap News Agency.
  10. ^ "Oh Min Seok Proves Himself As Charismatic Villain For "The King Loves"". Soompi.
  11. ^ "Daum 요청하신 페이지의 사용권한이 없습니다" (in Korean). Media Daum. Retrieved 2017-06-14.
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  13. ^ "Im Siwan's Handsome Bodyguard In "The King Loves" Gains Attention For His Korean Acting Debut". Soompi.
  14. ^ ""The King Loves" To Introduce New Female Character And Raise Tensions In Upcoming Episodes". Soompi.
  15. ^ "Park Ji Hyun Joins YoonA And More In "The King Loves"". Soompi.
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  17. ^ "[SC초점]'군주·엽녀·왕사' 청춘사극의 습격, 제2의 '구르미'는?" ["Monarch", "Sassy Girl", "King in Love": Which will be the second "Love in the Moonlight"]. Sports Chosun (in Korean).
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  27. ^ http://www.eigeki.com/series?id=14380&category_id=5&ym=201711
  28. ^ 기사입력2017.05.12 오후 3:35. "[단독]임시완X윤아 '왕은 사랑한다', 중국·미국·일본 선판매 확정 :: 네이버 TV연예". Naver. Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  29. ^ "'The King In Love' Airs Exclusively on ONE at the Same Time as Korea". onetvasia.com. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  30. ^ ABS-CBN Kapamilyanovelas official Twitter
  31. ^ "New Kapamilya shows for 2018". philstar.com. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
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  35. ^ https://www.allkpop.com/article/2017/11/check-out-the-winners-of-the-2017-asia-artist-awards

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